National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I: Epidemiologic Follow-up Study, 1992 (ICPSR 6861)

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The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I Epidemiologic Followup Study (NHEFS) is a longitudinal study that follows participants from the NHANES I who were aged 25-74 in 1971-1975. The NHEFS surveys were designed to investigate the association between factors measured at the baseline and the development of specific health conditions and functional limitations. Follow-up data were collected in 1982-1984 (ICPSR 8900), 1986 (ICPSR 9466), 1987 (ICPSR 9854), and 1992. The 1992 NHEFS collected information on changes in the health and functional status of the NHEFS cohort since the last contact period. The Vital and Tracing Status file (Part 1) provides summary information about the status of the NHEFS cohort. The Interview Data file (Part 2) covers selected aspects of the respondent's health history, including injuries, activities of daily living, vision and hearing, medical conditions, exercise, weight, family history of cancer, surgeries, smoking, alcohol use, and medical care utilization. The Health Care Facility Stay files (Parts 3 and 4) supply information about stays in hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health care facilities, as well as information abstracted from facility medical records. The Mortality Data file (Part 5) contains data abstracted from the death certificates for NHEFS decedents.

Series: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and Followup Series

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DS1:  Vital and Tracing Status Data - Download All Files (5.7 MB)
DS2:  Interview Data - Download All Files (102.1 MB)
DS3:  Health Care Facility Stay Data - Download All Files (6.4 MB)
DS4:  Supplemental Health Care Facility Stay Data - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
DS5:  Mortality Data - Download All Files (3.8 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I: Epidemiologic Follow-up Study, 1992. ICPSR06861-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   demographic characteristics, disease, ethnicity, health behavior, health services utilization, health status, hospitalization, malnutrition, medical evaluation, medical history, nutrition, populations, risk factors, social indicators, vital statistics

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1992

Date of Collection:  

  • 1992

Universe:   The NHANES I collected data on a probability sample of the United States civilian noninstitutionalized population aged 1-74.

Data Types:   administrative records data, medical records, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.

The codebook for Part 2, Interview Data, is hardcopy only, while the codebooks for Parts 1 and 3-5 are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.


Sample:   The NHEFS follows the 14,407 respondents who were 25-74 years of age at the time of their NHANES I examination.

Data Source:

personal interviews, death certificates, and health care facility records

Restrictions: In preparing the data files for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution NCHS requires, under Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


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Version History:

  • 2000-06-21 The codebooks for Parts 1 and 3-5 are now available as PDF files, and the mislabelled parts in the study description have been corrected.

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